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Bioengineering Grant Writer's Retreat: Welcome

September 6-7, 2017, Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, DHMC

General Information

The Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries, the Feldberg Library, and Dartmouth GrantGPS are pleased to sponsor the Bioengineering Grant Writer's Retreat.

The retreat will be held September 6 (8:00am- 5:15pm) and September 7 (9:00am- 5:00pm) at the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library at DHMC.

This retreat is intended for researchers in the process of writing an NIH grant application with a focus on engineering. It will include structured programming in a small-group setting along with protected time for participants to focus on writing their grant. It is expected that participants attend both days of the retreat. 

Participants will receive the following:

  • Seminars on successful proposal writing

  • Group feedback on Specific Aims

  • Individual feedback on proposal from a grant writing specialist

  • Peer feedback sessions

  • Protected writing time

  • Consultations on literature searching, NIH public access policy compliance, citation management

Selected applicants will be required to submit a one-page draft of their Specific Aims section two weeks in advance of the retreat. 


Writing consultation will be provided by Dr. Robert Porter, a national leader in the growing field of research development. He has extensive experience as a professional medical writer. He currently works with investigators to develop grant- and manuscript-writing skills.

Librarians, Heather Johnson, MLIS and Emily Boyd, MLIS will be on site to provide assistance with literature searches, citation management, and bibliography population via MyNCBI. 


This event is sponsored by The Dartmouth Grant Proposal Support (GrantGPS) program. GrantGPS was established to support grant-writing activities across campus. In addition to facilitating access to and covering costs of professional pre-submission copy-editing, scientific editing, and outside scientific review of grant proposals, GrantGPS also organizes regular full- and half-day workshops to provide training relevant to different mechanisms (e.g., NIH R01, NIH career-development awards, and NSF research proposals). GrantGPS also provides assistance to graduate students writing ‘on-topic’ qualifying exams in the F31 format.

For more information contact Cindy Stewart.


The application period is now open. Participation is limited to ten people. 

Who Should Attend?: Anyone in the process of preparing an NIH grant with a focus on engineering.

Cost: Thanks to generous support from Dartmouth Grant GPS, there is no fee for participants. 

Application Deadline: July 14, 2017 by 11:59PM

How to Apply: This is a competitive application process. A professionally diverse cohort will be selected from the applicants. Participants will be selected in order to maximize their ability to learn from and with each other. Please apply here.

You will be notified by August 4 if you have been selected to participate. Selected participants will be required to submit a one-page draft of their Specific Aims section two weeks in advance of the retreat.

Questions? Contact Heather Johnson